DIY: Scrubs: Brown Sugar Autumn Body Scrub

I love doing anything DIY if I can help it, especially if it will help save money in my pocket. Though I love Sephora, sometimes the things they sell can be a bit pricey when I could just make the item myself. For instance, I recently got a sample of a Brown Sugar Scrub and body wash. I thought “I could make this then I wouldn’t have to buy this!”

So I went searching around Google and Pinterest to see if I could find any DIY Brown Sugar Scrub but as I saw some Coffee scrubs, I thought “Wait, we use Rooibos loose tea, maybe I could incorporate this too!”

More searching only to find one or the other.

So…I made my own. Here’s how to make my Brown Sugar Autumn Body Scrub (I call it a Autumn Scrub because it smells more like Fall/Autumn time to me) :

Ingredients
  • 1 cup of sugar or Brown Sugar (We don’t eat sugar in our house, so I used Truvia Crystals and added Molasses to make Brown Sugar until I got the consistency I liked, then added it to this recipe you might need only 1/3 cup if using Truvia. I did one cup and had to add more)
  • **1 tbsp Loose Leaf Rooibos Tea (or more if desired) (If you only have tea bags, just cut open the tea bags for the amount you need/desire)(You can leave this step out if you don’t want it. The tea crystals are pretty messy in the shower, but not so bad in a bath, though beware of clogging your tub)
  • 1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E, (cut open vitamin 4-6 Vitamin E liquid gel caps)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or your favorite citrus essential oil (optional)
  • 1/3 cup liquid oil – either almond, avocado, olive, or coconut. I like Olive Oil best but we also use Almond Oil in our house so sometimes I mix them together so I get a bit of both.
  • If desired for dry skin, add a tbsp of Raw Honey
Instructions
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine oil, vitamin E and vanilla. Add the brown sugar and mix well.
  2. Add your oil and mix together, it shouldn’t be to dry or two wet. If the mixture is dripping off your spoon, it’s too wet.
  3. Store in a container with a tight fitting lid and use whenever you feel the urge for a spa night!
  4. The above amount makes enough for your entire body, for a few washes.

 

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This is how it should look with the tea leaves

To Use: In the shower, apply Brown Sugar Body Scrub into skin and rinse. Can be used daily.

**Trixie Tip: Please be aware that oils can make the shower and bath surfaces very slippery so remember to rinse well with hot water afterwards and wipe down so others (and yourself) do not fall. Also little rubber feet at the bottom of the shower or bath help you from sliding as well. If you don’t have that, I generally put a medium town down underneath me so I don’t fall.

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The finished product (this is without the tea leaves)

Gift Packaging Idea: Though Mason Jars are GREAT for this, not everyone has them. Instead, save plastic containers from other products and replace the label with one I made myself on the computer. I use Washi Tape and fabric and a bow. Tie it up with a colorful ribbon and you have a wonderful homemade beauty gift!

enjoy!

 

**Sugar Scrub Variations

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Fabulous Friday: Is It Time to Be Fabulous Yet?

Nope, but we are not far off!

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Next week, August 2nd is our First Be Fabulous Friday to kick off my  NEW Be Fabulous Campaign aka Course for Fabulousness!

Want in on this? I still have room in my BETA group for the first round. Join the BE FABULOUS Facebook Group here!

What will be in store for you? Each of these are up to you to participate if you desire. I will give you the tools and info. You have to have the desire. The following week we will be sharing our thoughts, comments, awareness’s, and if you like any images you also choose to share from what you created. I have listed the basics of what I plan to offer you and if you choose to create any of the items what you will need for each week. Some people in my other courses I have taken sometimes even like to make one BIG Journal and clip, post and paste everything in one. This is YOURS. I want you to do whatever YOU want to do.  I will have info and print outs for each week. None of these things are set in stone. You can do online or handmade. You can just read them. You can do nothing.

BE FABULOUS in YOUR OWN WAY!

  • Week 1: Be Fabulous 

Envisioning Guided Fabulous Mediation by HypKnowTherapy Solutions with Betsy Bicsak, CHt 

You will receive an audio to download or listen to online (cd’s can be purchased for $10 which includes shipping and handling in the US)

We will discuss what is means to Be Fabulous and open your mind to what it might mean to you

We will be making a Be Fabulous Collage/Vision Board. I will give you some sheets you can print out for ideas and cut outs. It will be up to you to purchase or use materials as you desire. This could be a card, a poster board, a canvas, it it up to you.

If you desire to make a Pinterest Board or other online Board that is fine as well.

Items Needed:

Poster Board, Bristol Paper, Piece of Cardboard, Wood, or whatever you desire to put you Vision Board Collage on. I use Canvas Boards or Bristol Paper with a heavy thickness. You can use anything you just need something to glue your items on.

Magazine tear outs of things that you feel or are connected to as FABULOUS. This could be words, images, pictures, designs, etc.

ModPodge or Glue Sticks

Glitter if you want it or other embellishments

My printout for the week

  • Week2: Be Grateful

Week two we will talk about being Grateful and I will give you instructions on making a Mini Gratitude Journals you can carry with you so you can write down all the things you  are grateful for or notice to Be Grateful for during the day. I will also give you some sites for some Online Journals if you prefer to keep track that way.

Items needed:

Mini Composition Journal (you can buy a 4 pack at Target or Walmart generally for $1-$2)

Scrapbook paper

Modpodge or Glue Sticks

Other items you want to add (i.e. stickers, glitter, etc)

  • Week 3: Be Strong

In week three we will discuss Toxic People and how they affect us and how to overcome this with some hints tips and tricks from my OWN life. We will go over jealously, saboteurs and haters and how to move past those who try to deter you from your Fabulous journey. I will give you a few book ideas as well as some other quotes and info from others I have learned throughout the years.

(We will not be making anything this week but you can make a Pinterest Board or another Vision Board here if you like. I will share my Strong Vision Board with you all for suggestions)

  • Week4: Be Enlightened

In week four, our FINAL WEEK, we will discuss how our lives have changed. How you can Be Enlightened and stay enlightened.  I will share some of my favorite sites, people and things that will help you and guide you along your path to continued power and positive thinking so you can always carry that Be Fabulous attitude with you.

The final thing you will receive is the Be FABULOUS Mantra. I have a mantra I have made FOR YOU but desire you to add to it and make it yours as well. I hope that you will print the Mantra out and post it where you can see it so you will be able to Be Fabulous every day! You can also collage it and frame it or have it online. As long as it is something you will see, read and feel in your heart regularly.

Is it Time to Be Fabulous for you?

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All items for this will be posted in here. I am currently offering this for FREE to test it out, get your input and feedback and make this the best course ever with YOU in mind!

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Until Next Time,

Xoxo Be Fabulous

Trisha Trixie

Mad Men: BBQ Sauce Base

With summer fast approaching, I thought I might provide you with a base for creating your own secret BBQ sauce recipe.  This base provides a thing tomato base that you can add nearly anything to.

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

In a sauce pan saute the garlic and onion with the olive oil.  Cook until you can nearly see through it.  Add lemon juice, salt and pepper, paprika, mustard, and Tabasco. Mix these up really well.  Over medium heat simmer for 5 minutes.  Stir occasionally.  Reduce the heat to low and add tomato sauce and vinegar.  Simmer for an additional 15 minutes.  From this point you can add whatever you like.

For Sweet Sauces

  • Brown Sugar
  • Honey
  • or Molasses

For Spicy Sauces

  • Chilles
  • Cayenne
  • or hot sauces

Really you can let your imagination go wild.  I have seen people use chocolate, coffee and many other crazy ingredients in their BBQ Sauce.  What might your secret ingredient be?

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Sunday Dinner: Seven Layer Taco Dip

Seven Layer Taco Dip

This week we are talking about all things outdoors.  When you are going to a picnic you need to have a quick, fun dish to bring along.  This is my handy dandy suggestion.

 

Attire Suggestion

Well, Trisha Trixie Designs are not just for the kitchen.  I’d like to recommend a few of her aprons that look like dresses.  Throw these over the top of your capris and see the smiles that will ensue.

Ingredients

  • 1 Package of taco seasoning mix
  • 1 (16 ounce) can of refried beans
  • 1 (8 ounce) package of softened cream cheese.
  • 1 (16 ounce) container of sour cream
  • 1 (16 ounce) jar of salsa
  • 1 large tomato, chop it into small cube shapes
  • 1 green pepper chopped
  • 1 small head of lettuce shredded.
  • 1 (6 ounce) can of sliced black olives (Be sure to drain them)
  • 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, mix the refried beans and taco seasoning meat. Take this mixture and put it on the bottom of your pan (I use one that is 9 x 9 but this is up to you)
  2. Mix the sour cream and cream cheese into a medium bowl.  Spread over your refried beans.
  3. Add a layer of salsa to the pan.
  4. Add a layer of tomatoes to the pan.
  5. Add a layer of green peppers to the pan
  6. Add a layer of lettuce to the pan.
  7. Top with Cheddar cheese and black olives.
  8. Put in the refrigerator and cover for 30 minutes or longer.
  9. Serve with chips

 

Tip: I have made these in individual serving cups for special occasions.  This lets everyone have a little cup to enjoy their dip from.

 

Happy socializing!

 

Saturday Special: Campfire Memories

Some of my greatest childhood memories are of sitting around the campfire.  Every summer my grandmother would load up the RV and we would drive to Little Wall Lake blaring Willie Nelson all the way.  This was a week long trip of camping.  My grandma was defiantly a nature lover.  She knew about survival and she was keen on sharing these ideas with myself and my cousin.  Starting a fire was an adventure with my grandmother, well everything was an adventure with my grandmother.

First: We would clean out the fire pit.  Some other campers usually had left it a mess.  We made sure the stones were in a  circular shape and that all the debris was removed.

Second: We would look for a big dead tree and cut it into logs.

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Third: We would look for kindling. This is little dried branches and leaves.

Forth: We used sticks to build a little teepee shape
Fifth: We did not rub two sticks together.  However, we didn’t use a match either.  We did use a magnesium fire starter similar to one sold at Harbor freight.
And then we had a fire
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You can always do a little BBQ on the grill.  TrishaTrixie is going to be selling lots of aprons for men at the upcoming comicon.  Wouldn’t BBQ be fun in one of these aprons?
Scooby Snack Makin' Apron $35

Scooby Snack Makin’ Apron $35

We use to read excerpts from scary stories by Roald Dahl  around the campfire.

“Now and again she would glance up at the clock, but without anxiety, merely to please herself with the thought that each minute gone by made it nearer the time when he would come. There was a slow smiling air about her, and about everything she did. The drop of a head as she bent over her sewing was curiously tranquil. Her skin -for this was her sixth month with child-had acquired a wonderful translucent quality, the mouth was soft, and the eyes, with their new placid look, seemed larger darker than before. When the clock said ten minutes to five, she began to listen, and a few moments later, punctually as always, she heard the tires on the gravel outside, and the car door slamming, the footsteps passing the window, the key turning in the lock. She laid aside her sewing, stood up, and went forward to kiss him as he came in.” From Lamb to Slaughter

What did you enjoy doing around the camp fire?

Try It Tuesday: Ridding your home of those nasty gnats (by special guest Jessi Wilson)

Getting rid of Pesky gnats (Jessi Wilson)

Okay, so how many of you have woken up in the middle of the night to that annoying buzzing sound in your ear? Yep, me too. When spring comes those little gnats sneak their way in unnoticed and prey on you nearly 24/7 but mostly at night. I use to be a firm believer in fly strips until the day I backed into the one hanging in my dining room and got my hair stuck. And after many a “sentence enhancer” (cuss words for short) I decided, in desperate times I will use these.

Not anymore, I have found an at home safe and beyond effective method of getting those little gnats and fruit flies out of your life if not for good, pretty close, and you have all of these ingredients IN YOUR KITCHEN!

This is what you will need:

Wide mouth plastic bottle with tight fitting lid (Lipton Pure Life Tea bottles work great!!) or
Pint or Quart Mason jar with ring

Saran Wrap –if using the mason jar

Apple Cider Vinegar or Left Over Wine (WHAT!?! You say?!? Who has left over Wine? It happens, *laughs* I’m proof)

Dish Washing Soap (like for your sink, not dishwasher)

Water

Okay, these ingredients look pretty simple, right? This is where it gets even easier.

Method 1:
You are going to rinse out the contain you decide to use, shake it out so you get most of the water out of it, and measure out 1/4 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar or Wine(if you have that much left Emoji) and pour it into your container, add approximately 1 squirt (1 tablespoon) of your Dish Washing Soap. Now if you use the Mason Jar, you can take your little piece of Saran Wrap, put it over the top of your jar, and apply your lid and poke some holes in your wrap. You dont want them too big or too small, because you want these little buggers to get in, and not be able to get out, set it in the place your flies are gathering and… wait. (You may want to change this solution every couple days, where in method 2, I put put the lid back on shook it again, and started over)

Method 2: (Which is the one I used)
Put all ingredients from above into your Tea Bottle, when finished add 1/4 c of water and apply your lid. This is where your kids can help, have them shake the bottle until you have bubbles forming to the top of your bottle. Remove your lid, set it in place, and wait. The cool part about this method, is you can see these little bugs gather on the bubbles, and it traps them so they can fly in, but not out. Genius, Right?!

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Good Luck with your options, I would really recommend this over any other product out there. But ill let you decide for yourself. — Jessi

I found this idea at: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080323033742AAlzDst